TIPS – Challenge: Accepted

Tip Days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. This month of tips will be devoted to Procrastination.

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Here are tips on OVERCOMING OBSTACLES to accomplish your goal.

TIP #13 – KNOW IT CAN BE HARD: Understand in advance that that your task or project is probably a difficult one to complete.  That is undoubtedly the reason for your procrastination.  If it were easy you probably would not have put it off.  You should realize and be mentally prepared that despite your best efforts, and sometimes because of reasons beyond your control, you may not see your project through to its completion.  It is not a personal insult or degradation to not complete a particularly difficult task. The insult is not making the attempt.

TIP #14 – IT DOES NOT NEED TO BE PERFECT: Understand that the project, or the smaller segments along the way, does not have to be completed perfectly.  Sometimes good is good enough.  Failure to achieve perfection or preconceived notions of perfection may stop you from attempting to complete the project.  Maybe the house won’t be perfectly cleared of clutter, but it will undoubtedly be a lot better off than it was at the beginning.

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Tip #15 – NERVES MEAN THAT YOU CARE: Embrace the anxiety that you may have in approaching a tough task.  If  you didn’t feel nervous, the task probably wasn’t that tough to begin with.  Anxiety, nervousness, and even fear are indications that the project is important to you. These feelings will heighten your senses, keen your awareness, and generally get your juices flowing when attacking your goals.

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If you missed last week’s few tips, click here.

Wednesdays and Fridays are recipe days! I’ll be posting recipes given to me by my next door neighbor, Chef Chumley. You can read more about him by clicking here. Come back tomorrow for another recipe!

~ Sherri <3

 

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Procrastination Weekly Challenge #3: Eliminate Distractions

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I always wish I were the person who can be tidy and neat. But alas, I was blessed with a laid back personality who does not get too bothered by clothes that are sprawled on the floor. So today, as on most days, my goal is getting my room clean. This venture is not an easy task. However, give me some music and a couple of hours and I am good to go.

Lately though I’ve been realizing that it really shouldn’t take hours to get this room sparkling (let’s be real, I mean, at least not as messy).  I often find myself checking my computer seeing what happened on Facebook, or if I received any emails in the past ten seconds. Or sometimes I’ll get a call where I must put everything down to give it the full attention I (mistakenly) feel it deserves. So today I decided, all those distractions that keep me from my oh so neat room will be put aside, turned off, not in use for at least an hour. And guess what? It took me approximately half the time to get it clean!!! This week I am applying this approach to anything I deem worthy of getting done. Any big or small goal I have this week will officially be getting my full attention. Distractions,  I will see you later, possibly next week, but for this week at least, my tasks, my goals:  I’m all yours!

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Week #3: ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS!

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Weekend Round-UP: Procrastination, Week #2

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How was your week?  Procrastination is a tough topic for me to tackle.  I find that while I have been accomplishing more of my goals, I still procrastinate a bit in getting started.  For example, this week’s Weekly Challenge was to Break Down a Goal into smaller, more manageable bits.  I’ve been focusing on abdominal workouts, so Jesse and I decided to do a 30 day ab challenge.  We did however wait until mid-week to begin.  On the plus side, at least we started our goal and are working on it. And that’s what it’s all about – actually DOING what we say we are going to. So I’m proud that we started. Now we just have to keep it up for another 24 days or so… encouragements are welcome! =0)

In case you missed it, here were some of our top posts of the past week. (You can either click on them, or scroll down and review all of our past posts.)

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Tips: Goal Setting

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Recipe: Gourmet Garden Gumbo (aka Hearty Vegetable Gumbo)

See you tomorrow with a brand-new Weekly Challenge for the month of Procrastination!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

~Sherri <3

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RECIPE: Peanut Butter Cookie Truffles

These recipes are the concoctions of (fictitious) cartoon comic chef extraordinaire, Sherri’s neighbor and cooking mentor, Chef Chumley.  Chef and Sherri are happy to bring them to you on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Recipes can be like some of my past relationships. You get into them strongly for a short period. Then you may have a cooling off period. Finally and hopefully, you get back to it and enjoy the rewards of energy well spent. This recipe involves a short period of preparation, a cooling off period, and finally the savoring of an oh so sweet dish.

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Peanut Butter Cookie Truffles

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Prep time: 15-20 minutes • Cook time: 1 hour freezer, 2 1⁄4  hours refrigeration • Yields: 30 pieces

Ingredients:
8 oz chocolate sandwich cookies (about 20 cookies)
1⁄2 cup cream cheese
1⁄4 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup chocolate chips, milk or semi-sweet
2 Tbsp heavy cream

Directions:
Place cookies in a food processor and process them until they become fine crumbs. Add cream cheese and peanut butter and continue to process until it is well blended. Place mixture in bowl and cover. Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Take from refrigerator, roll into 1” balls with your hand and place on cookie sheet. Place in freezer for 1 hour. Place chocolate chips and heavy cream in a bowl and melt in microwave oven for about 45 seconds. Mix well. Make sure it’s very smooth.

Carefully roll balls in melted chocolate and place on cookie sheet. Let them set in refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.

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Tuesday and Thursday are Tip Days! Come back tomorrow for new tips about Procrastination!

Wednesday and Fridays are Recipe Days! Stay ‘tooned for a new recipe this Wednesday!

 

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TIPS: Overcoming Self

Tip Days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. This month of tips is devoted to Procrastination.

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Here are a few ways to stay motivated while focusing on your goal:

TIP #10- BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!  (You can do it!!)

TIP #11- TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, RE-ENERGIZE, AND PROCEED: Approach your project at the times when you are at your highest energy levels, both physically and mentally.  Try to get enough sleep, eat properly, and try to exercise a bit to help ensure that you have sufficient energy reserves.

TIP #12- YOU DON’T NEED TO BE COMPLETELY READY: You don’t need to be completely ready Don’t always wait until you’re 100% prepared to embark on your project. Sometimes three fourths prepared is good enough to start the project, with the remaining one fourth coming along the way.

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To see tips, that you missed click here.

Wednesdays and Fridays are recipe days! I’ll be posting recipes given to me by my next door neighbor, Chef Chumley. You can read more about him by clicking here. Come back tomorrow for another recipe!

~ Sherri <3

 

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Recipe: Gourmet Garden Gumbo (aka Hearty Vegetable Gumbo)

These recipes are the concoctions of (fictitious) cartoon comic chef extraordinaire, Sherri’s neighbor and cooking mentor, Chef Chumley.  Chef and Sherri are happy to bring them to you on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Here in sunny LA, there’s a strange phenomenon known as June Gloom- where the days start foggy and end chilly. I moved out here for sunshine, darn it! Where’s the warmth??!! So Jesse and I decided to use a few of the vegetables we had lying around to make a hearty vegetable gumbo.  Onion was the first ingredient, which somehow sparked Jesse to have this “gem” of a revelation:
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Yeah, that’s my hubby all right.  Anyway, not only is this soup rather tasty, it’s also very warm. Mmm…here’s hoping that July brings all the warmth that this former New Yorker dreams about!

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Gourmet Garden Gumbo (aka Hearty Vegetable Gumbo)

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Prep time: 30 minutes  •  Cook time: 2 hours • Yields 6-8 Servings

Ingredients:
1 medium onion
1 medium green pepper
1 jalapeno pepper (optional)
2 stalks celery
3-4 garlic cloves
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup flour

14 oz can diced tomatoes
5 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1 medium carrot, diced
1 medium zucchini or yellow squash, diced
1/2 cup sliced okra (can be frozen)
2 tsp salt
1 bay leaf
2 tsp fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp dried
2 scallions, thinly sliced (optional)

Directions:

Start by dicing onion, green pepper, jalapeno, celery, garlic. Add to 4 quart pot with oil and sliced mushrooms.

Stir over medium heat for about 10 – 15 min. Stir in flour and keep stirring for 1 min.

Add diced tomatoes and stock. Add diced carrot and zucchini to pot with sliced okra, salt, bay leaf and thyme.

Raise heat to high until it starts to boil. Then lower heat and let simmer for 1 1/2 – 2 hours covered.

Serve with a garnish of thinly sliced scallions if desired.

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Tuesday and Thursday are Tip Days! Come back tomorrow for new tips about Savings!

Wednesday and Fridays are Recipe Days! Stay ‘tooned for a new recipe this Friday!

 

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TIPS: Goal Planning

Tip Days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. This month of tips will be devoted to Procrastination.

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Here are tips on how to figure out HOW to accomplish your goal.

TIP #7 - BREAK IT DOWN: Break up your task into small manageable parts.  Too often we avoid tasks because they seem too daunting, too big to overcome.  You are more likely to attack the seemingly easier smaller tasks

TIP #8 – CREATE A SCHEDULE: Set up a “doable” schedule. Try to stick to it. It includes breaking the task into segments. It also includes establishing “allowable rest breaks” into your schedule. For example, break your project for the day into three segments. If you intend to work for seven hours, do it as follows: 2 hours in the morning, 3 hours in the early afternoon, and conclude with 2 hours in the early evening. Allow 2 hour breaks between the segments. During those breaks you can read, exercise, watch TV, go on the computer, whatever. You can do so without guilt because you realize that it is part of your “work schedule”.

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Tip #9 – PLAN FOR PROBLEMS: Allow space on your calendar for emergencies.

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If you missed last week’s few tips, click here.

Wednesdays and Fridays are recipe days! I’ll be posting recipes given to me by my next door neighbor, Chef Chumley. You can read more about him by clicking here. Come back tomorrow for another recipe!

~ Sherri <3

 

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Procrastination Weekly Challenge #2: Break It Down

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You know those times when you are faced with those big boulders that are in your way. You just don’t know what to do and there are so many ways of coping with the situation. Sometimes you get into panic mode where you act like a headless chicken, you kind of lose it. Other times you just avoid the situation because you think that if you pretend that the boulder is not there it won’t bother you (until you actually have to make it to the other side). Well, when this situation arises one of the best approaches I find is to break it down to small steps. Many times this enormous boulder can be broken down into small pebbles.  Then you just have to remove each of the little, manageable pebbles until you can walk past.

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Most tasks that are on your agenda have a base, somewhere to start. Really, think about the whole process in terms of the small steps you need to take and accomplish.  Take each step  before getting on with the next step of the process. So, just get up and start doing whatever it is you are pushing off. Divide the task into different parts and get going. Once you get started on the first step the snowball effect will take over.

Week #2: BREAK IT DOWN

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Weekend Round-UP: Procrastination, Week #1

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We’ve now embarked on our second month. Boy, time flies! And that’s exactly why this month’s tips are so important. This month we are battling the evil of Procrastination. Yes, time flies, and time is the arch enemy of procrastinators like myself.

We have goals to achieve, but too often we push off our attempts to achieve these goals thinking that we always have more time. But we don’t.

Our first Weekly Challenge of the month was to write down our goals. You know, that really wasn’t too hard. I wrote down my goals and displayed them in a prominent place. First and foremost amongst my goals was to get in shape, and specifically my abdominals. Well let me tell you, while I succeeded in writing down my goals, I did very little to go about accomplishing them. But at least I knew what I was failing at. This coming week, the shame of failure will definitely spur me on to really start on those sagging abs. I will also definitely pay heed to this coming week’s Weekly Challenge and try to accomplish both.

Check that! I won’t try. I will accomplish both! (Well, maybe.)

I loved last week’s two recipes. That Lamb Burger (The “Lamburgini”), was so mouthwateringly tasty, and Chumley’s Chinese Chicken & Green Onions was one of the easiest recipes yet! How were the comics that were posted with the recipes?

Have you read this past week’s tips on Procrastination yet, or did you put that off as well? For all you Procrastination Procrastinators, there are more weeks ahead, so it’s never too late to catch up! (Or get started)

In case you missed it, here were some of our top posts of the past week. (You can either click on them, or scroll down and review all of our past posts.)

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Recipe: Mediterranean Lamb Burger (aka The Lamburgini) (with roasted garlic mayo & caramelized onions)

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Tips: Goal Setting

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Tips: Getting Started On Your Goal

See you tomorrow with a brand-new Weekly Challenge for the month of Procrastination!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

~Sherri <3

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RECIPE: Mediterranean Lamb Burger (aka The Lamburgini) (with roasted garlic mayo & caramelized onions)

These recipes are the concoctions of (fictitious) cartoon comic chef extraordinaire, Sherri’s neighbor and cooking mentor, Chef Chumley.  Chef and Sherri are happy to bring them to you on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Mediterranean Lamburgini – Be sure to take this yummy burger out for a test drive!
(with roasted garlic mayo & caramelized onions)

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Why do we have pictures of our Lamb Burger and the Lamborghini?  To show you the sleek contours, the inviting curves, and the look of taste and richness.  The car is nice too.

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Prep time: 20-30 minutes  •  Refrigeration time: 1 hour • Cook time: 30-40 minutes •
Yields 4-6 Servings

Ingredients:
Burger:
1⁄2 lb. ground lamb
1 lb. ground veal
1⁄2 cup very finely chopped onion
1⁄2 cup finely chopped parsley
3 Tbsp finely chopped sun dried tomatoes
1 cup fresh bread crumbs*
1 tsp salt
1⁄2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
*To make fresh bread crumbs, process fresh soft bread in a food processor until they become crumbs.

Mayo:
1⁄2 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp roasted garlic
1⁄4 tsp black pepper

Caramelized onion:
2 medium onions
3 Tbsp oil
Baby arugula leaves

Hamburger Buns or Rolls

Directions:

Burger:
Add all burger ingredients and mix well. Form into 4-6 large patties. Place in fridge for at least 1 hour. Grill to rare, medium, or well-done, as desired. *(If you don’t have a grill, broil patties in oven for about 15 minutes on high, or until cooked as desired. Flip halfway through broiling.)

Mayo:
An easy way to make roasted garlic is to place garlic cloves in a small saucepan. Add extra virgin olive oil till about 3⁄4 the way up the garlic. Simmer on low heat for about 20-30 minutes until soft and slightly golden. Place all mayo ingredients in food processor. Process until well-blended.

Caramelized onions:
Slice onions into thin strips. Place in skillet with oil. Cook on low heat for about 30-40 minutes stirring occasionally until the onions reach the desired caramel color.

Place burger on your favorite bun or roll. Top with caramelized onions and baby arugula leaves. Spread mayo on top half of bun. Place top half of bun on burger and enjoy!

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Tuesday and Thursday are Tip Days! Come back on Tuesday for new tips about Procrastination!

Wednesday and Fridays are Recipe Days! Stay ‘tooned for a new recipe next Wednesday!

 

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